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March 21-23, 2024

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What Has Been Will be Again: Place, Time, and the Politics of Remembrance

Jared Ragland

Friday, March 17 - 4:00PM to 4:45PM
Tower C

In a moment of pandemic, protest, and polarization, photographer Jared Ragland has journeyed across Alabama to survey his home state's cultural and physical landscape. By tracing the Trail of Tears, Old Federal Road, and de Soto's 1540 expedition route, "What Has Been Will Be Again" contends with Alabama's fraught past and present and reveals problematic patterns at the nexus of broader American identity. In this presentation, Ragland will discuss the project's strategic focus on the importance of place, the passage of time, and the political dimensions of remembrance as means of confronting white supremacist myths of American exceptionalism.


Jared Ragland
Jared Ragland

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